Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Have you found yourself questioning whether or not you are eligible for social security disability benefits?  There are a couple of things you can look at on your own to figure out whether you should apply for such benefits.  One of the biggest things to look at is how your disabling condition affects your working abilities.  If your condition is preventing you from working for a full year or it prevents you from making $1,040 per month you may want to consider applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  On top of that, you should apply if you are struggling for over a year at work to perform simple everyday activities, such as walking or standing, due to your disability.  You may also want to look at your past experiences at work; look at how your work abilities have been affected by your disabling condition.  Are there things you could do before that you can no longer do now? If the answer to that question is yes, you could be eligible.  However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will look into whether or not you have a capability of doing any other type of work.  For example, let’s say you have worked all your life at a job that requires you to stand. Recently, though, you suffer from a condition that prevents you from standing for long periods of time; the SSA will try to determine whether or not you could perform well at a job where you are sitting for most of the day.  If you are capable of doing different types of jobs you will not be found eligible for SSI.  However, if you are incapable of performing at your job and at other jobs with different types of work you could be found eligible.

Aside from looking at how your medical condition affects your abilities at work, you can look at a list of impairments provided by the SSA to determine if you are disabled and eligible for benefits.  The following link will bring you to a site that lists off the impairments that are thought of as so severe they prevent an individual from performing at work environments.  If your medical condition falls under any of these impairments, you may automatically be found eligible for social security benefits and SSI by the Social Security Administration.

These were just a few ways you can go about determining on your own whether or not you should apply for social security disability.  Keep in mind these are not for sure ways to determine whether or not you will receive SSI, but rather are just mere stepping stones in to determining whether you should apply or not.

Written by Hoglund Law

The attorneys of Hoglund law are licensed in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio. Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC is based in Roseville, Minnesota. In addition to handling cases involving bankruptcy & social security, Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC handles faulty drugs and toxic exposure.

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